Yesterday, the Constitutional Referendum went off without a hitch here in Kirkuk. NO reports of attacks on voter or polling sites were made. People were able to vote without fear of reprisal, attack, or death...and it looks as if the referendum will be passed.
The Iraqi Security Forces were the main forces used to protect the populace. The US only appeared in the city as a back-up force, prepared to provide support, while the Iraqi Police and Iraqi Army ensured physical security of the polling sites.
It looks as if the poll numbers indicate upwards of 60% voter turnout, on a national scale, which is more than we could ever hope for in the US. It seems the people here belive in the system, that they know that every vote counts, and they are eager to give their input into government.
Democracy has taken another step here in the Fertile Crescent, and I hope soon it will be running smoothly.